Artist Highlight

M Balamuralikrishna

The music of Dr M Balamuralikrishna, one of the most original and accomplished musicians.

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RJ: Mahadevan

M Balamuralikrishna

The music of Dr M Balamuralikrishna, one of the most original and accomplished musicians.

Dr M Balamuralikrishna has been one of the most wide-ranging of talents in the Carnatic music world. In fact, he has gone beyond, having composed for movies and also having acted in them. He was one of the first recognized prodigies in Carnatic music. While he created a buzz as a child musician, he soon went on to be a composer of note, having composed in all the melakarta ragas while still a teenager.

Balamurali has over the years developed a unique style both as a musician and as a composer. His renditions of compositions are marked by clear enunciation of lyrics and an approach that pays particular attention to the lyrics. His alapanas are also highly individualistic, taking time to develop the raga.

As a composer, his output contains songs in all the major compositional types - kriti, varnam, padam, javali, and tillana. Balamurali has also composed songs in ragas that he has created with just four notes. He later went on to compose in ragas with just three notes!

Apart from his accomplishments as a composer and musician, he is also recognized for the timbre of his voice and his breath control, which is evident particularly in his rendition of his tillana in raga Amritavarshini.

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